Luxembourg author Gast Groeber just won the European Union Price for Literature 2016 for his work "All Dag verstopp en aneren", which deals with time and everyday life. For that book, published by 'Op der Lay', Gast Groeber already received the 'Lëtzebuerger Buchpräis' in the category 'Literature' in 2014.
After Tullio Forgiarini in 2013 and Jean Back in 2010, he's the third Luxembourger to be awarded this literature prize, endowed with 5,000€. Gast Groeber is a teacher and leads the 'Centre Technolink' in Luxembourg City.
The European Union Price for Literature was created in 1989 following a decision by the ministers of Culture of the European Union, in order to promote literature and literary translation. The award rewards the best new and upcoming authors in Europe. It is open to all the countries participating in 'Creative Europe', the funding programme 2014-2020 of the EU concerning the cultural and creative sectors.
Every year, the national judges of one third of the participating countries – 12 this year – nominate the winning authors. Alongside the prize of 5,000€ for every author, the latter will benefit from a specific promotion and international exposure at the biggest book fairs in Europe, of which Frankfurt, London and Paris.
Here is the list of all the winners of 2016
- Tanja Stupar-Trifunović (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
- Christophe Van Gerrewey (Belgium)
- Antonis Georgiou (Cyprus)
- Bjørn Rasmussen (Denmark)
- Paavo Matsin (Estonia)
- Selja Ahava (Finland)
- Nenad Joldeski (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)
- Benedict Wells (Germany)
- Gast Groeber (Luxembourg)
- Claudiu M. Florian (Romania)
- Jasmin B. Frelih (Slovenia)
- Jesús Carrasco (Spain)
The official award ceremony will take place on 31 May 2016 at 'Concert noble' in Brussels.